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''Crown of Stars'' is a historical fantasy series by Kate Elliot. The books chronicle the adventures of three people in a Europe clone. The three main characters are:
* Alain, a well-meaning young man who became heir to a count. He has incredible skill with [[FriendToAllLivingThings animals]] and is chosen by a [[WarGod goddess of war]].
* Sanglant, the first and illegitimate son of the king. He leads the elite cavalry of the king, he's a half-elf with incredible [[NighInvulnerable healing powers]].
* Liath, a wizard who can't control her magic. She is a member of the king's elite messengers.

The books also have a mess of secondary characters, but they all have bizarre relations to each other. Oh, and AllMythsAreTrue. Also, all the main characters are bastards (not [[SociopathicHero those]], but [[HeroicBastard these]]).

The books in the series are:
* ''King's Dragon''
* ''Prince of Dogs''
* ''The Burning Stone''
* ''Child of Flame''
* ''The Gathering Storm''
* ''In the Ruins''
* ''The Crown of Stars''

Do not confuse it with ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'', in spite of the similar title.


!!Contains examples of:

%%* AnythingThatMoves Ekkehard, later a [[spoiler: ''DepravedBisexual'' ]]
* AllMythsAreTrue The Eika are [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot metallic dragon vikings]]. Sphinxes, Dragons, Phoenix, and Centaur.
%%* AntiVillain: Fifth Son.
%%* BadassBookworm: Hugh was a pretty good sword.
%%* BadassGrandpa Helmut Villam.
%%* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] hard.
%%* BigBad: [[spoiler: Hugh]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Baldwin, who was super [[EvenTheGuysWantHim hawt]].
* BuffySpeak "It's kind of you to be so ... kind.".
* CrystalDragonJesus: The prophet Daisan is pretty clearly UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Interestingly [[spoiler: it's the ''heretics'' in this setting who believe in his [[GodInHumanForm divinity.]]]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Hugh has elements of this.
%%* DiscOneFinalBoss: Bloodheart.
* EvilCounterpart: Hugh is [[TheRival a rival]] with Liath, and they're pretty [[NotSoDifferent similar]] in a whole lot of ways, Hugh also shares charisma, wits, and courage with Sanglant, a fact that bothers everybody.
** Bulkezu and Sanglant had the [[MrFanservice looks]] Badassery, and warrior prince like similarities, plus a certain immunity to specific types of attack.
%%* TheFairFolk: The Ashioi.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The setting in general strongly resembles medieval Europe, except for women having much stronger and/or more visible roles, including a female-dominated version of the Catholic Church.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Hugh loses his hold over his dream girl, fails at revenge, loses is powers, his hand, his eyesight, and has to spend the rest of his life knowing he's been beaten and will never, ever get a rematch.]]
* FaceHeelTurn While more of a faint saunter over to the evil side [[spoiler: Ekkehard]] counts.
%%* HellHound Sorrow and Rage, Alain's dogs.
%%* GeniusDitz: At the end of the series, [[spoiler: Baldwin]].
%%* GiantFlyer: The ''guivre.''
%%* KarmaHoudini: Pulled a bit too often sometimes
%%* ManlyGay: Ivar.
* MessianicArchetype: Alain is hinted to be [[spoiler: some sort of Jesus figure; somebody told him the truth, and their leg healed]]. Tallia suffered the stigmata [[spoiler: or it was faked]] and goes completely [[spoiler: insane]].
* NoodleIncident: Whatever it was that Hugh did at Zeitsenburg.
%%* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The Eika pretty much fill this niche.
%%* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Eika.
%%* PsychoElectro: When [[spoiler: Hugh]] becomes a tempestri, watch the fuck out.
%%* ShipTease [[RapeAsBackstory Creepily]] enough, Liath and Hugh.
%%* SinisterMinister: Hugh
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Baldwin enters the church to a escape marrying a woman in her 50s. At one point Ivar observes that it's not Baldwin's fault that he's been "cursed" with a face so beautiful that it becomes a mirror for everyone else's ambitions.
%%* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Hugh, again.]].
* TechnicalPacifist: Alain will beat you senseless, but he will not kill. His dogs will though.
%%* TokenEvilTeammate: Lord Wichman, big time.
* TookALevelInBadass While most characters in the book took a level here or again, Liath is by far the biggest example, going from a [[spoiler: raped and abused legally bought slave belonging to Hugh]] to [[spoiler: one of the king's best messengers]] to [[spoiler: a mother]] to [[spoiler: joining and then escaping from her mother's cult group]] to [[spoiler: ascending the mythical Crown of Stars to a pure elemental plane of fire and discovering her true birthright as an offspring of said plane's inhabitants]] to [[spoiler: growing firey wings]] to [[spoiler: finally confronting Hugh at the end of the book, displaying her wings, overpowering his magic, and BURNING HIS EYES OUT FROM THE INSIDE.]]
** Hugh himself.
%%* YaoiGuys: Baldwin and Ivar.
%%* WarriorPrince Most of the nobles but Sanglant's their poster boy.